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Rescuers scrambling to save 6 people trapped in Taiwan bridge rubble

Taiwan authorities are scrambling to rescue six people feared to have been trapped in the rubble of a bridge that collapsed in Nanfang’ao, a small fishing village in the eastern coast of Taiwan.

At least 20 individuals, including six Filipinos, were injured in the incident after the structure smashed onto a group of fishing boats underneath.

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“The bridge collapsed at around 9.30am while an oil tanker vehicle was on it, setting the vehicle on fire,” said the secretary of the town’s mayor Lee Ming-che.

In a dramatic CCTV footage, a petrol tanker can be seen almost making it across when the bridge suddenly collapsed.

This, as three fishing boats were also crossing the bay.

It remains unclear on what caused the bridge, which was built in 1998, to collapse.

“The rescue operation is ongoing,” the National Fire Agency said in a statement. (MN)

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